England duo make Euro 2020 intriguing stats-based team of the tournament

The dream is over for England but, boy, Euro 2020 was one hell of a tournament.

England duo make Euro 2020 intriguing stats-based team of the tournament

That old familiar feeling of numbness and desolation feels worse than ever before, after England threw away an early lead to eventually lose on penalties to Italy in the Final of Euro 2020 last night.

Suddenly, watching 'The Hundred' cricket competition and developing an unhealthy obsession with the Northern Superchargers seems like a capital idea.

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Or perhaps quietly curling up in the fetal position in a darkened room, basking in the ambient majesty of 'The Blue Planet' for an hour or two. Anything to distract from the harrowing flashbulb memory of young Bukayo Saka's tears, to be honest.

He's been officially named the Player of the Tournament, after keeping three clean sheets in the groups stages, and then ensuring his side won back-to-back penalty shoot-outs; the honour is richly deserved. He's now going on to live every boy's dream of not winning the Champions League with PSG...

As tempting as it is to pretend Euro 2020 never happened and to go to ground for a week, that ain't gonna cut the mustard, and it's time to take a look at the players who absolutely smashed it during the enthralling month-long competition.

Here's a rundown of the best starting XI, based on WhoScored's in-depth statistics measured over the course of the tournament:

A surprise selection here, but the Czech Republic man played a vital role in his side's push to the quarter-finals. He was too hot for Scotland to handle in their group stage clash, and was unlucky to be on the losing side when they crashed out the tournament at the hands of Denmark.
Dear, sweet Slabhead, it just wasn't to be. He barely put a foot wrong over the course of England's seven matches - impressing against Ukraine and Denmark in particular - and topped it all off with a sensational penalty in the shootout against Italy.
Man of the Match in the Final, the veteran defender rounded off the competition with a vintage performance to bring the trophy back to Rome. He held a whopping 10% of the whole game's possession by himself, and was once again dominant in the air.
In hindsight, perhaps 'Shawberto Carlos' scored too soon for England in the final, mirroring the initial ecstasy of Kieran Trippier's early strike in the 2018 World Cup semi-final against Croatia. He had a stellar Euro 2020, racking up four clean sheets, making three assists, and scoring the aforementioned goal.
Boosted by a hefty 8.11 rating picked up for providing a goal and an assist in the group stage against Russia, Belgium's Meunier secures the right-wing spot. He also dazzled against Portugal in the second round, but played just three full matches overall.
France were the red hot favourites to follow up their 2018 World Cup win by bagging the Euros, but suffered shock defeat to Switzerland in the second round. He played a key role in his side's escape from the 'Group of Death', and turned in one of his finest performances against the Swiss, which rated at 9.04.
It's a third representative from Italy, and well-deserved inclusion too. The PSG midfielder dazzled in his five appearances, with his technical skills and tenacity that of the world class talent he undoubtedly is.
Four goals in as many games, it was a real shame that Forsberg and his teammates didn't progress further than the second round - although it did gift England a quarter-final draw against Ukraine.
Joint top-scorer in the competition, the Czech Republic striker had a belter of a tournament, netting five times. After that showing, you won't get long odds on him sealing a big move to a Champions League side this summer, that's for sure.
He's going to still be doing this when he's fifty, isn't he? Your friendly neighbourhood CR7 blasted his way to the Golden Boot award with his five goals and one assist seeing him scoop the honour. Portugal only made it to the last 16, mind.